Great discussion ...
I don't know how philosophical I am, because in my addled brain I often confuse the lines between impulse and intellect. A lot of interesting views have been raised, but I'm going to zoom in on this whole notion of popularity.
The whole marketing of entertainment, possessions, lifestyles, etc. has been refined to increase the volume of consumption, which is really another way of saying popular. For whatever reason, I've never been able to buy into the notion that I should like something / have something / do something, etc., just because it's popular or someone tells me it's popular. It's hard not to develop an air of arrogance when so many do fall into that cycle, and I certainly don't mean to get high and mighty about such things. It's also hard not to think / imagine that I understand the sub-surface motivations about most popularity campaigns, with various conspiracy notions about social engineering, etc., because I probably haven't got a clue.
However, I don't need anyone to tell me what I should like or shouldn't like. And it seems the more someone tries to do that, the deeper I dig in. Call it pride, arrogance, independence ... I dunno .. but it makes me resentful when someone questions me about not liking something, solely because it's popular. There are people, foods, clothes, cars, guitars, music, movies, power tools (on it goes) that I like, and those that I don't like. I don't have to understand or endorse someone else's preferences, and no one needs or should feel entitled to do the same about mine.
... 'nuff said
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